Rundown: Fatigue, Hamstrings & More

ATHENS - A rundown of the top story lines stemming from Saturday.

1. For the first time this fall camp, coach Mark Richt didn't have a glowing review of practice.

"A little bit of fatigue is setting in, a little bit of weariness," Richt said. "Without question, the fatigue affected the concentration level. The last 30 minutes we started dropping more balls than we did the first 2 practices. We had more penalties. We couldn't focus when we were tired which was a big part of our demise a yea ago. I will say, I don't think there was a lot of loafing out there. I think guys were pushing. Physically I thought they were fighting through it, just mentally I thought we weren't as sharp."

2. What's with the hamstring? Brandon Boykin, Jakar Hamilton and Cornelius Washington missed practice with sore hamstring. Derek Owens was held out for an undisclosed reason. Richt said the injuries aren't serious, but the list of those with minor ailments is growing.

3. John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers are currently spelling each other at nose tackle, but as fall camp moves along one or both could see time at defensive end, too. A base look of Jenkins, Geathers and Tyson is a very real possibility.

"It's hard for any guy that size to really play as hard as you need to play for 60 or 70 snaps a game," Richt said. "…The goal ultimately is if they're both playing better than one of our ends, we'll put one of them in there. We're cross-training them also in case you do have injuries you need to make sure those guys can line up and play if we need them to."

4. Speaking of defensive ends, Richt praised Abry Jones for his work thus far.

"He just seems to be in really good condition," Richt said. "He just seems to be asserting himself a little bit more. He's just more confident and you can see it."

5. Backup quarterback Hutson Mason talked a little bit about the depth on the offensive line—or lack thereof.

"I'm running the second-team unit right now and we've got three or four freshmen in there with," Mason, a sophomore, said. "They're one play away from starting for us, so we've got to get them ready."

6. Thomas Davis, a former All-American who is currently with the Panthers, graduated from the University Saturday.

"I'm the first one in my immediate family to actually graduate from college," Davis said. "So it's a huge honor, not only for me, but for my mom."


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